Mentorship and Earth Day



Rolling into April and Earth Day is a timely reminder for us to reflect on our relationship with the planet that we call home. Beyond just a day of celebration, Earth Day serves as a call to action, urging us to take responsibility for the well-being of our environment. One powerful way to cultivate this sense of responsibility is through mentorship, where mentors can guide and inspire mentees and the next generation to become stewards of the Earth. Expressing care is an important shared lesson between Bigs and Littles. Mentors can show that they care about the future of their Little and the future they will grow into.

One of the most effective ways mentors can engage with their mentees in environmental activities, like anything, is by leading by example! And it’s the perfect opportunity to challenge growth. Whether it’s participating in community clean-up efforts, volunteering for tree planting initiatives, or advocating for sustainable practices, mentors can demonstrate firsthand the importance of taking action to preserve our planet.

Moreover, mentors can introduce mentees to the beauty of nature through outdoor activities and experiences. Exploring local parks, hiking trails, or botanical gardens not only fosters a deeper appreciation for the environment but also provides opportunities for learning about ecosystems, biodiversity, and conservation efforts. Our earth grounds us and being together as mentor and mentee outdoors is an excellent place to connect, converse, and grow as a match.

Beyond organized activities, mentors can also encourage sustainable habits in everyday life. Such as reducing single-use plastics, conserving energy, and water, or supporting eco-friendly businesses, mentors can impart practical tips and strategies for living more sustainably.

Mentorship fosters a sense of empowerment in mentees, showing them that their actions, no matter how small, can make a difference. By nurturing a love for the planet and instilling a sense of responsibility towards its preservation, mentors help shape future generations of environmental stewards who are committed to protecting our Earth for years to come.

A fun way to engage in thoughtful conversations about the earth as a match is through a book club. Whether that be reading the books together or separately, books create a shared experience and understanding of the importance of taking action and taking care of our precious earth. A few age-appropriate books for this are Two Degrees by Alan Gratz and Under the Weather by Tony Bradman. By planting the seeds for growth and learning, mentors expand the possibilities for their Little.

As we celebrate Earth Day this April 2024, let’s recognize the power of mentorship in fostering a deeper connection to the natural world and inspiring positive change. Together, matches can embark on a journey of environmental stewardship, leaving a legacy of sustainability for generations to come.

Editor’s Note: Want to learn more about the mutual benefits of a healthy developmental relationship, also known as mentoring, connect with a Big Brothers Big Sisters team in your community.